Bring home this beautiful, 14K yellow gold palao hook pendant. An icon of Hawaiian lifestyle and culture. Great as a gift or for everyday wear!
The highest ranking chiefs wore lei niho palaoa-necklaces with a pendant made from a sperm whale tooth. The ivory tooth was carved in the shape of a tongue. These lei signified the absolute authority of the wearer to speak. The lei, or necklace portion, was made of braided human hair collected from family members. The lei provided the wearer with mana, or power, from his or her ancestors.